Hiking & Backpacking

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Buffalo National River Area

The Buffalo National River area offers some of the best hiking and backpacking in the Ozarks.  There is so much to see and so much to do that you could spend weeks in the area and only scratch the surface of what there is to explore.

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Busiek State Forest

Busiek State Forest is one of the best locations near Springfield to take a nice day hike.  It is mainly forest with woodlands, glades, and old fields.  It hosts a beautiful creek that runs through the park as well as great views of the rolling Ozark hills.

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Hercules Glades Wilderness Area

Hercules Glades Wilderness Area is 12,413 acres of the most scenic and unique country in the Midwest. Its combination of open grassland, forested knobs, steep rocky hillsides, and narrow drainage’s offers unusual beauty and a measure of solitude within easy reach.

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Elephant Rocks State Park

Huge pink granite boulders, some of them weighing over 600 tons and standing over 20 feet tall, are strewn across a few acres like a giant natural playground.

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Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

Located in the St. Francois Mountains, Taum Sauk Mountain State Park stands above others – literally. The park’s namesake, Taum Sauk Mountain, rises to 1,772 feet above sea level, making it the highest point in Missouri. It is an easy walk from the parking lot to the highest point.

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Roaring River State Park

The rugged and scenic landscape of Roaring River State Park paints a colorful setting for much of the intriguing history and folklore associated with the Ozark hills. With its deep, narrow valley, mountain like terrain and deep blue spring, the park’s natural beauty is breathtaking.

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Greer Spring

Greer Spring is located near the Eleven Point River in the Mark Twain National Forest.  The spring is the second largest in the Ozarks and is the largest spring that feeds the icy cool waters of the Eleven Point River.